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Speeding on a Junior Driver's License

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Excessive speeding on a junior driver's license will subject the junior licensee to a suspension period from 90 to 120 days.

By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Traffic Violations Attorney, Harrisburg, PA

Some folks call it a "Cinderella License."  It's the one you got before you could legally drive after 12 p.m..  You had to be permitted first, then you could graduate to the Juniors Driver's license.  It was the last stop before your 18th birthday.  There are special penalties in PA for being nabbed while speeding on junior license or the "Cinderella License."

What is a Junior License or "Cinderella License?"

Pursuant to the PA Vehicle Code, a junior license under § 1503 is

"...a driver's license to a person 16 or 17 years of age who:

  1. Has successfully completed a driver's training course approved by the department; and
  2. For a period of 12 months after passing the examination under section 1505(e) (relating to learners' permits) and receiving a junior driver's license, has not been convicted of any violation of this title." (emphasis added).

What's "Excessive Speeding?"

Generally, "excessive speeding" means 31 or more miles per hour over the posted speed limit.  It would be an immediate 6 points and a departmental hearing.  However, for a junior driver, that means anything over 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.  For a first conviction for this type of speeding, it's an automatic 90 day license suspension.  You cannot obtain your regular Class C license upon turning 18 until the suspension is served.  Upon a second conviction for excessive speeding, you're looking at an additional 120 days, consecutive to any current suspension.

If you've been stopped for speeding and cited, it's important not to immediately plead guilty.  Sure, you may have been speeding, but the consequences to your future license and insurance rates are going to be severe if you think it's just a fine.  Call Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC toll free or email us today.

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